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Deck Building reviews in Baltimore
We had an awful experience with this company. We hired them in late June to build a deck on the roof of our rowhouse in Hampden. The guaranteed that the job would be done in seven working days, weather permitting. We went with this company because they promised to have the deck completed by
In addition, after the deck was finally completed, we discovered several structural problems that needed to be fixed afterwards. The railing was not attached to the frame of the deck and was very
The subcontractor told us after the landing was built that we would need a lattice wall to protect the landing from the electrical line coming into the house. He said that if we gave him money for materials, he could complete it and assured us that
As mentioned above, there was ample time to complete the deck by
The subcontractor said he would return to install the door on the morning of
The workman finished installing the door just as our guests were arriving. Altogether, it took 8 hours. As I said above, we were able to watch the fireworks from the roof top, but the deck was far from complete. The workman returned the next day to finish trimiing out the inside of the door as
When we had the deck stained by our friend who is a contractor, he found several places where the bolts were loose and pointed out that the pickets were not secured properly. He also pointed out that the landing had not been properly attached to the butt board. I contacted
Months later, my fiance received a text from the workman who installed the door asking if there was enough money in her account to cover the check she had given him. We explained that we had put a stop order on the check because we felt the work he had done was covered by the money we paid to MD&S. He stated he had not attempted to cash the check earlier because he had lost it. We told him to get in touch with the subcontractor. Both he and the subcontractor threatened to
XThe workman continued to write texts threatening to
All-in-all, this was a horrible experience. The only reason we are not giving this company all Fs is because the deck was eventually completed and the door was sealed. As I said, there are several aesthetic problems that still require fixing. In addition, a few months ago the roof in our kitchen began leaking. Our roofer believes the water is coming in where the membrane was damaged when the deck was built.”
Second, while we initially told
Third, having had many contractors come to our home to offer estimates on work to be done always seems tricky. A third won't return the phone call, a third will visit but never provide an estimate, and the final third offer wildly varying estimates for the same work. One quick example, a complete gut and refurbish of a small bathroom had us estimates from $7,000 to $24,000. (And yes, the $24,000 guy said it with a straight face.)
Lastly, in our dealings with
We worked with "Just trust us -- it'll be fine" was his mantra. When problems arose, he was ready to negotiate and fix them, but some disappointments and stress occurred which would have been avoided if he'd been more planful. My question about solving roof slope issues was never addressed ("hey--you've got a warranty--don't worry") and resulted in permanent pooling on one roof which left one of his staff shaking his head. Deck design issues were resolved, at TAG's expense, because I'd had a prior recommendation not to trust
Costs of the project were reasonable, but not a bargain.
The people who did the work were indeed top-notch. The roofers knew their stuff, were able to answer every question, and went the extra mile in the heat and gathering darkness to get the job done on schedule. They found two significant
Even more impressive was the deck crew, consisting primarily of a 50ish man and his teenage daughter. They were a skilled and synchronized team that was a
TAG does a wide array of general rowhouse restoration and repair issues. I will call them again for any structural issues. But I will carefully go over the plans before I make a deposit.
I am also doing research on a deck, and mentioned it to
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